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Apples to Apples for Extensive Reading
« on: March 13, 2020, 11:12:29 AM »
Apples to Apples is a card game that is very fun to play. Each player gets 7 red cards with various nouns on them, and there is a deck of green cards that has adjectives/adverbs. Players keep their red cards hidden to everyone except themselves, and the green cards are faced down in the middle (or wherever people can reach them).

One at a time, a player takes a green card and takes a turn as a ‘judge,’ reading aloud the green adjective/adverb (and the three synonyms provided below the original) while the other players place one of their own red cards down face first in front of the judge. Once everyone puts a card down, the ‘judge’ shuffles the red cards and then reads the cards out loud, eventually selecting the card that ‘best fits’ the adjective/adverb. (Better instructions can be found on their website, I’m sure)


This can be a great game to play with students when doing extensive reading. If the class is all reading the same book, red/green cards (nouns and adjectives/adverbs) can be prepared by the instructor so that at the end of the book, students can play together with words relating to the book. Having the teacher prep the cards the first time is recommended as not everyone may be familiar with the game, and so having the cards already made to play with might make it easier for them to understand the rules. That, or the original Apples to Apples game (not related to the book, can be difficult due to cultural differences) can be played to build familiarity with the rules and structure of the game.


After becoming familiar with the game, students can then help with creating the cards from scratch. Every day, cards can be created with the introduction of characters, locations, themes, etc. as well as with vocabulary that they might find difficult. As the class moves on with the book, the cards can help solidify information from the book in a fun way, especially at the end when everyone can play together and make meaning from what they read.
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